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rustyagain

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Operating system XP Media Edition, Computer Intel Pent D DualCore D 820 - Hard drive Maxtor 6V160E0

After running PitStop got the information that “Unusually low disk performance - Drive C has an uncached speed of 3 megabytes per second.
Checked in “Device Manager” and found transfer mode is PIO, unable to switch to DMA from device manager
Check in BIOS where DMA is down as enabled
Also believe Maxtor hard drives run in silent mode by default, another loss of performance, any one know a way to change the settings ?

Now stuck on next step, all help appreciated rusty
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Fro Microsoft:

To re-enable the typical, or faster, transfer mode for an affected device:
1. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management.
2. Click System Tools, and then click Device Manager.
3. Expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers node.
4. Double-click the controller for which you want to restore the typical DMA transfer mode.
5. Click the Driver tab.
6. Click Uninstall.
7. When the process completes, restart your computer. When Windows restarts, the hard disk controller is re-enumerated and the transfer mode is reset to the default value for each device that is connected to the controller.


In simple words: In device manager, IDE ATA/ATApi, uninstall the driver of the affected disk and reboot.
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Skeptik - thanks for the reply
Hard disk now shown as “Ultra DMA Mode 5” –
Thanks very much for your help, do you know anything about the “silent mode”
Much rgds rusty
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Thanks for letting us know. Re. Silent Mode, never heard about that. Good reason to do some research.
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Thanks again for your help Skeptic
Ref the silent mode try the following link http://www.techarp.c...artno=14&pgno=0

would seam to be a 8 to 10 loss of efficiency
rgds rusty
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